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BEUEATO TOE FACE: PORTRAITS OF THE POOR 
photographs by NANCY MILIUt ELLIOTT 

on view: AUGUST 9 - 31, 1985 
gallery hours: WEDNSDAY - SUNDAY, NOON - 6PM 
openning reception: 6 - 8PM, AUGUST 8, 1985 



Nancy Miller Elliott writes: 

"I started as a painter, and I have always been fascinated by the human face. My work as a photographer 
continues this exploration. I am always looking for the beauty, both outward and inward. In each portrait 
I wish to convey the whole human being - what he or she is feeling. I want the viewer to look deep 
beneath the surface. I want to stir the emotions. These portraits are dedicated to the strength of the 
human spirit." 

We came across some of these photographs when we were searching for supporting materials for a STOREFRONT 
project "HOMELESS AT HOME" dedicated to the existence, conditions and growing number of homeless people. 
"BENEATH TOE FACE: PORTRAITS OF TOE POOR" is the first of a series of activities related to this project. 
The project will continue through March of 1986, with an exhibition of more than 200 proposals by 
architects and artists confronting the issues of "home" and homelessness, ranging from solutions for 
existing sites to visionary projects. A lecture series is being organized in conjunction with the various 
activities and a publication has been planned. 

Nancy Miller Elliott began her photographic work in 1958, taking portraits of jazz legends including: 

Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, Buck Clayton, 

Joe Williams, Artie Shaw, Eubie Blake, Jo Jones, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Thelonius Monk, 
and many others. Her photographs have been published in Time-Life Giants of Jazz series. New York 
Magazine , The New York Times , New York Daily News , New York Post , Downbeat , Jazz Journal , numerous jazz 
periodicals throughout Europe and Japan, and two books - Loius* Children: American Jazz Singers and 
Joe Williams: Blues Singer - by Leslie Grouse published by Quill. 

She started her "PORTOAITS OF TOE POOR" series in 1980 with a 35irm camera given to her by Buck Clayton. 
Since then she has been on the streets of New York with her subjects, whom she knows personally and 

with whcm she has spent long hours. In these portraits she has captured a stunning revelation of humanity. 

She is an artist of exceptional compassion and insight. We cannot pass by her portraits casually. 

This exhibition has been organized and curated by BA-BA ARC, Moji Baratloo and Clif Balch. 

For further information call (212) 873-6450. 


STOREFRONT 

Art and Architecture. 

Kyong P»rk/Glenn Weiss 51 Prince, New York, NY 10012 212-411-5795 



















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Art and Architecture. 

Kyong Park/GJenn Weiss 51 Prince. New York. NY 10012 


212-431-5795 


We came across these photographs while searching 
for supporting material for a STOREFRONT project 
"HOMELESS AT HOVE", a comprehensive endeavor to 
direct awareness to the existence, conditions 
and growing number of homeless people. 

"BENEATH THE FACE: PORTRAITS OF THE POOR" is the 
first of a series of activities related to this 
project. The project will continue through 
March 1986, with an exhibition of more than 200 
proposals by architects and artists confronting 
the issues of "heme" and homelessness, ranging 
frem solutions for existing sites to visionary 
projects. A lecture series is being organized 
in conjunction with the various activities and 
a publication has been planned. 


This exhibition has been curated by BA-BA ARC, 
Moji Baratloo and Clif Balch. 




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